Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    
    Jan 18, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021
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CS 5433 - [Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, and Smart Contracts]


     
Spring. Not offered: 2020-2021. Next offered: 2021-2022. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Offered in New York City at Cornell Tech. Minimum of two computer science courses or equivalent knowledge. Programming experience, familiarity with common algorithms and data structures, and an understanding of basic concepts in discrete mathematics.

A. Juels

Viewed variously as a niche currency for online criminals and a technological threat to the financial industry, Bitcoin has fueled mythmaking, financial speculation, and real technological innovation. We will study both Bitcoin and the technological landscape it has inspired and catalyzed. Topics will include: the mechanics of consensus algorithms, such as Proof of Work and Byzantine Consensus, and their role in blockchains and cryptocurrencies; cryptographic tools employed in cryptocurrencies, including digital signatures algorithm and zero-knowledge proofs; the evolution and mechanics of Bitcoin and its ecosystem; smart contracts; and special topics, such as trusted hardware in blockchain-based systems, smart contracts and real-world contract law, and cryptocurrencies and crime. Grading will be based on homework assignments and a final exam.



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